Friday, November 4, 2011

November Nine: My Experience Playing Against Heinz & Staszko at the WSOP.

Poker chip with the WSOP logo.Image via WikipediaNovember Nine: My Experience Playing Against Heinz & Staszko at the WSOP.

I was fortunate to have finished 71st at the WSOP Main Event and play against Pius Heinz and Martin Staszko: two of the players at the November Nine final table.

On Day 4, I spent the entire day having Heinz seated next to me, on my right. Here are my observations about his game:
  • A successful online player who obviously has figured out how to play live.
  • He is super aggressive, and will two, three and four bet preflop in order to the take the initiative with a c-bet on the flop, or better yet, get his opponent to fold before the flop.
  • He was very lucky as he doubled up against a new player at our table with a big stack. This guy sat down and lost all his chips on two hands against Pius' two premium starting hands.
  • In a leveling war against another aggressive player at the table, Pius hit his draw on the turn and got paid off big on his river bet.
  • I learned a couple of moves from watching Pius play, which I have used in my game with some success.
  • He is young, super aggressive and a really nice guy at the poker table.
How will Pius do at the final table?
While I will be rooting for him to win, my hunch is that he is going to get it all-in against an opponent's premium starting hand like pocket Kings and lose a big pot. Just a hunch.

On Day 5, Staszko was also seated next to me, on my right. Unlike Heinz, I only got to play against him for around 3 hours. Here are my observations of his game:
  • A cautious player who uses his tight image to steal pots.
  • He will enter a pot with a range of hands if he has been inactive for a while.
  • My impression is that he likes to see flops and then evaluate the situation.
  • An opponent's continuation bet will not get him to automatically fold, even if he only holds an Ace overcard to the board.
  • He doesn't say a word at the table.
  • It will be incredibly difficult to win chips from him.
How will Martin do at the final table?
Unlike Pius, I believe Martin will more cautious given his chip lead. My hunch is that he will finish in second or third place, as his lack of aggressiveness will hurt him when the game is short handed.

My selection to win it all: Phil Collins.

Who are you picking to win it all?
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1 comment:

LostTokens/Kevin said...

I'm thinking Eoghan O'Dea has the best shot; not coming in as the chip leader there's less pressure (remember what happened with Philip Hilm in 2007) but with a VERY solid stack, was playing well at the 10-handed game... I'm thinking Collins will do well, as will Lamb, but I've got to pick the Irishman.

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